Cubans love their music, rum and cigars and of course their 50s American cars. They have a rich heritage of a modern Afro-Hispanic culture and when combined with colonial architecture, mojitos, sandy beaches and sugar cane, you find a tour with a difference. This tour is a journey back in time amongst warm and expressive people.
Now is the best time to travel to this country where the inevitable change is happening and will continue to accelerate.
Afternoon departure on Air New Zealand, arriving in Houston the same day. Change planes and continue to Mexico City arriving late-afternoon. Transfer to centrally-located hotel with time to relax before a Welcome Dinner.
Today our Mexico City tour includes the Pyramids of Teotihuacan – a mammoth pyramid of the sun and the moon that highlights one of the largest pre-Columbian cities in the Americas. Lunch near the pyramids at own expense.
A morning flight to Havana and transfer to our hotel for a two night stay.
Enjoy a full day tour of old and modern Havana; walking the main squares and streets of Old Havana. Visit two panoramic viewpoints with extensive views of Malecon and Revolution Square. After lunch visit the Revolution Museum.
Morning departure for Cienfuegos, another city on the World Heritage list. We travel the southern coast, known as ‘La Perla del Sur’ (Pearl of the South). In April 1961 the area was witness to the failed US-led invasion at the Bay of Pigs. We arrive late afternoon for a one night stay.
This morning we travel to Santa Clara where you will see statues honouring Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and the heroic efforts of the revolutionaries. Later visit Che Guevara Museum, the Armoured Train and Vidal Park. Continue on to the World Heritage city of Trinidad where we will experience a special two-night Cosa (home stay). Cosa standards will vary between homes.
Our city tour takes in the Romantic Museum and Canchanchara Bar, the market and the streets of Old Trinidad. Lunch is included with the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Morning drive to Camaguey visiting the Manaca Iznaga Sugar Valley and lunch along the way. Arrive for a one night stay.
Experience a morning cycle taxi ride around the city before travelling by coach to Bayamo City, the second Spanish settlement in Cuba, via the Sierra Maestra mountain range, the highest in Cuba. The historical significance of the mountains dates back from 1511 to the present day.
Following breakfast, today’s journey reinforces the state of rural Cuba, now struggling to change from communal farming to a more liberal operation. Continue to the coastal town of Baracoa – often mentioned but seldom visited. Visit Castro’s birthplace along the way.
Surrounded by the Atlantic, rivers, mountains and forests, Baraco is largely isolated, one of its main attractions. Its diversity includes the distinct flat-topped mountain El Yunque, a vibrant cultural scene and music.
We attend a special 1st of May Parade (Cuba’s International Labour Day) and then enjoy a city tour and visit the local rainforests with its rare and endangered species.
Baracoa’s unique changűi music is everywhere as is the popular Creole dance – Tumba Francesa.
Today we travel to Santiago de Cuba. The road is known as ‘La Farola’ and on the way we can try ‘cucurucho’ – a delicious mixture of coconut, honey, mango and banana wrapped in a palm frond. Santiago de Cuba, considered the capital of the eastern side of the island and known as the cradle of the Revolution, for it is from this province that Castro began the struggle against the Bastista regime.
After breakfast depart on a city tour. Santiago is the home of traditional son rhythms which gave birth to salsa music. The tour includes Cespedes Park, San Pedro de la Roca, and Moncadas Garrison. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.
An early morning flight to Havana, arriving late morning. Remainder of day free.
This morning a tour ‘under the water,’ El Morro, La Cabaña and El Christo. Lunch at a waterfront restaurant. Rest of the day free. Farewell Dinner at a well-known Old Havana restaurant.
Depart Havana for a midday flight to Houston via Miami. Transfer to hotel for a one night stay.
Today visit and experience the renowned NASA Johnson Space Centre, the hub of human space flight activity for more than 50 years. This will be an extremely fascinating experience.
Morning free before transferring to the airport for an Air New Zealand flight to Auckland.
Early morning arrival into Auckland.
Why not extend your stay with extra nights in Houston, Miami or New Orleans?
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|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Twin Share||Single Supplement|
|Business Class Upgrade (Air New Zealand Only)||$8,747|
|Premium Economy Class Upgrade (Air New Zealand Only)||$2,869|
|Early Booking Discount ( 01/12/2017 )||$150|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$100|
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*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
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A good standard of health and fitness is required as walking and standing are an important part of this itinerary. The ability to walk at least 500 metres unaided on uneven surfaces and negotiate flights of stairs is essential.
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* Itinerary subject to change